Are blood oranges a new thing? They seem like some sort of fad fruit that appeared one day out of nowhere (like the Snuggie or Ugg boots of the produce world). Or maybe it's just that their popularity appeared out of nowhere. Either way, now they're everywhere.
They're in season now too, so you shouldn't have much trouble finding them. They look fairly unassuming from the outside...like a normal orange with a few darker spots on the rind. But inside...
...there's a beautiful, dark ruby-colored fruit.
They taste like something between a normal orange and a grapefruit. Grapefruits are a little too bitter for my taste, but these are perfect!
A few more fun facts about blood oranges:
-Their zest bakes wonderfully into bread
-Their juice makes a delicious syrup to soak into the bread
-Their juice (when mixed with powdered sugar) makes the prettiest pink icing you've ever seen to drizzle over said bread
This quick bread is so good, you may eat more than you intended...but really, what else would you expect on Fat Tuesday???
Blood Orange Yogurt Bread
Recipe adapted from picky cook
Makes 1 loaf
- 1 1/2 c flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 c plain yogurt (I used non-fat Greek yogurt)
- 1 c + 1 tbsp sugar
- 3 eggs
- zest of 2 blood oranges
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c vegetable oil
- 1/3 c + 2 tbsp blood orange juice (the juice of 2 oranges, for me)
- 1 c powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease, flour, and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, 1 c sugar, eggs, zest, and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, whisking as you go. Add the vegetable oil to the batter and mix until everything's incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
In the meantime, to make the syrup, put 1/3 c blood orange juice and 1 tbsp sugar in a small saucepan. Cook these over low heat until the sugar is well-dissolved.
To make the icing, put the 2 tbsp blood orange juice and 1 c powdered sugar in a small bowl and mix well.
When the bread is done baking, let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, remove it to a wire rack. Immediately pour the syrup over the bread to let it soak in. Let the bread cool. Once cool, pour the icing over the bread and enjoy.